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message 1: by Kalliope (new)

Kalliope Lovely.


message 2: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Your review in itself is poetry :}


message 3: by Carmen (new)

Carmen An amazing book.


message 4: by Ivonne (new)

Ivonne Rovira I am embarrassed to admit that I read this as a child, and that I thought the prince went back to his planet and his rose, too. Until just now when you told me otherwise.


message 5: by Elizabeth R (new)

Elizabeth R This book has some of the most beautiful, poignant quotes. It was the book my 11th grade French teacher had us read to learn to read French. I still have some of the quotes written down--some are more moving in the original French.


message 6: by Carmen (last edited Feb 17, 2014 07:37PM) (new)

Carmen Elizabeth wrote: "This book has some of the most beautiful, poignant quotes. It was the book my 11th grade French teacher had us read to learn to read French. I still have some of the quotes written down--some are..."

It's always better to read a book in the original language - translations are never perfect, they can never capture everything. Unfortunately I don't speak any French! You were lucky to be able to do that.


message 7: by Elizabeth R (new)

Elizabeth R Did you catch the French ice dancers and their tribute to Le Petit Prince? ;)


message 8: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Lauren wrote: "Your review in itself is poetry :}"

Thank you, Lauren.

Elizabeth wrote: "Did you catch the French ice dancers and their tribute to Le Petit Prince? ;)"

Thanks to the magic of YouTube I just did; it's beautiful.

Ivonne wrote: "I am embarrassed to admit that I read this as a child, and that I thought the prince went back to his planet and his rose, too. Until just now when you told me otherwise."

Uh-oh; did I just ruin a pleasant childhood reading experience for you?! O_O

Verby wrote: "Do the images come from the book?"

Yes, they are from the book; Antoine de Saint Exupery painted all the watercolors for the story himself; in addition to being a brilliant writer and a skilled aviator he was also a gifted artist.


message 9: by Ronyell (new)

Ronyell Awesome review!!! I've actually saw a cartoon on this when I was small and it was pretty sad. I really need to read this book!


message 10: by Momina (new)

Momina Masood What a beautiful review! I remember weeping a little when I first read this book; it's one of my absolute favorites. Thank you for this lovely review as it has brought back memories. You've made me want to go reread it again. :)


message 11: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Momina wrote: "What a beautiful review! I remember weeping a little when I first read this book; it's one of my absolute favorites. Thank you for this lovely review as it has brought back memories. You've made me..."

Thanks, Momina. It is one of the most beautiful books I've ever read, and I find it hard not to tear up when I read it.

Ronyell wrote: "Awesome review!!! I've actually saw a cartoon on this when I was small and it was pretty sad. I really need to read this book!"

There was a cartoon? Now I have to find it.


message 12: by Teresa (new)

Teresa Nataliya wrote: "There was a cartoon? Now I have to find it. "

A 'live-action' movie too!
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071762/?...

I don't think it got good reviews, but we liked it a lot.


message 13: by Ronyell (new)

Ronyell Nataliya wrote: "Momina wrote: "What a beautiful review! I remember weeping a little when I first read this book; it's one of my absolute favorites. Thank you for this lovely review as it has brought back memories...."

Yeah, I think the cartoon came out during the 70s or the 80s. I'll have to track it on YouTube.


message 14: by Ellie (new)

Ellie I also thought the Prince went back to his home planet (and I was a teenager when I read it for French class!).

Your review is beautiful. I must go re-read the book immediately.

And watch the videos.

Thank you.


message 15: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Ellie wrote: "I also thought the Prince went back to his home planet (and I was a teenager when I read it for French class!).

Your review is beautiful. I must go re-read the book immediately.

And watch the vi..."


Thanks, Ellie.


message 16: by John (new)

John Carter You have me crying. I don't know how many decades since I read it, but clearly it's been too long, too long.


message 17: by Florence (Lefty) (new)

Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh Just yesterday had a friend comment that this book was almost wasted on the young. Not literally, simply that it cried out to be re-read through adult eyes. Then I see this lovely review. I've never read it - must.


message 18: by Carl (new)

Carl Rayer And it's clearly been too long for me too. I'm adding it to my planned reads for 2014.


message 19: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Thanks, John, Florence and Carl.

Florence (Lefty) wrote: "Just yesterday had a friend comment that this book was almost wasted on the young. Not literally, simply that it cried out to be re-read through adult eyes. Then I see this lovely review. I've nev..."

Florence, I think your friend was so right! This books needs to be seen through adult eyes (or felt through the adult heart, as Exupery would probably say).


message 20: by Ellie (new)

Ellie I listened to the book read in French on YouTube and cried and cried. It's so much more beautiful-and sad-than I remembered.


message 21: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Ellie wrote: "I listened to the book read in French on YouTube and cried and cried. It's so much more beautiful-and sad-than I remembered."

I listened to it on YouTube in Russian translation, and I teared up as well.


message 22: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Apparently without my knowledge, my review of this book got a GR 'spoiler alert' message slapped on it. Removing it and adding my own disclaimer. You know, informing me that you are planning to do something to my review would have been appreciated, dear GR. Even if it's something as small as adding the spoiler alert. Just a quick email saying 'btw, we added a label to your review, have a nice day!' would have been nice.

Which still makes me wonder how silly it is to insist on keeping 'spoilers' hush-hush for books that (a) have been published for 80 years, (b) are timeless classics the plot of which should - and is - a part of mainstream culture, and (c) the enjoyment of which does not hinge on the knowing the 'spoiler' in question.

Rant over.


message 23: by Delee (new)

Delee What an amazing review. I just may have to read this one some day. Thanks Nataliya!


message 24: by Maricarmen (new)

Maricarmen Estrada M I want to read this book again!


message 25: by Carl (new)

Carl Rayer Actually, now I have had time to reflect on my re-reading of the book, I'm less certain of the little prince's death? After all, the story starts with a discussion of the meaning behind a picture, and how adults tend to see a hat where it's clear the picture is really of a snake that's swallowed an elephant. So perhaps the book is warning us, at the end, not to interpret images as adults, but as children? So perhaps Nataliya, aged 8, was right all along, and her mother was not?


message 26: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Carl wrote: "Actually, now I have had time to reflect on my re-reading of the book, I'm less certain of the little prince's death? After all, the story starts with a discussion of the meaning behind a picture, ..."

It probably *is* just like the picture of the hat/boa constrictor. Children and adults former children see it completely different. For a child, Little Prinde returns to his rose; for adults, the yellow snake releases his soul in a way that makes us want to cry. I wish in this case the world could be as it's seen through the eyes of a child. I'll take 'little Nataliya's' side in a heartbeat - but perhaps, just like the narrator/Exupery I sadly became an adult? Which can be quite sad.

Love your comment, Carl! I haven't even thought about connecting the picture at the beginning with the conclusion of the story. That's awesome.


message 27: by Ronyell (new)

Ronyell Nataliya wrote: "Apparently without my knowledge, my review of this book got a GR 'spoiler alert' message slapped on it. Removing it and adding my own disclaimer. You know, informing me that you are planning to do ..."

Seriously? GR did that to you? Things are starting to get ridiculous on GR!


message 28: by Stacia (the 2010 club) (last edited Mar 22, 2014 10:44PM) (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) Nataliya wrote: "Which still makes me wonder how silly it is to insist on keeping 'spoilers' hush-hush for books that (a) have been published for 80 years, (b) are timeless classics the plot of which should - and is - a part of mainstream culture, and (c) the enjoyment of which does not hinge on the knowing the 'spoiler' in question..."

And what child is on here reading the spoilers anyway? Is a parent upset because they had the plot spoiled for them?

Anyway, the mention of this book brings back lots of memories, so thanks for that. :)


message 29: by Jay (new)

Jay Thank you for your beautiful review. The prince obviously was killed by the snake (And bravo to St. Exupery for coming full circle on the serpent), but I wonder if that has to be mutually exclusive from him returning to his planet?

As far as our pilot is concerned it makes no difference, either way to him the prince is gone forever. I think the point is we need to hold on to the hope that somewhere a rose may or may not be getting taken care of.

There are many roses, and each of those gets the chance to be someones only rose. May you all find who or what that is for you :)

thanks again for your review. I love it dearly.


message 30: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Jay wrote: "Thank you for your beautiful review. The prince obviously was killed by the snake (And bravo to St. Exupery for coming full circle on the serpent), but I wonder if that has to be mutually exclusive..."

You are right, it doesn't need to be mutually exclusive; it just is so much sadder when the traveling is done through death. Death is so painfully final, after all, and I'd love to hope that there's a rose at the end of the journey...


message 31: by Jay (new)

Jay Nataliya wrote: "Jay wrote: "Thank you for your beautiful review. The prince obviously was killed by the snake (And bravo to St. Exupery for coming full circle on the serpent), but I wonder if that has to be mutual..."

:)


message 32: by Stian (new)

Stian What a wonderful review, Nataliya. Just read this and really liked it. What a beautiful book.


message 33: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Stian wrote: "What a wonderful review, Nataliya. Just read this and really liked it. What a beautiful book."

Thanks, Stian!


message 34: by Laura (last edited Jun 23, 2014 04:01AM) (new)

Laura Herzlos This is the second time that I read your reviews, where you compare your impressions as a child/younger and as an adult/older, and I love that, because I also like re-reading books that I read as a child/younger. I believe that this is the book that I read the most and I must have read it at every possible age.

My first time I was like 7 or so, and I remember interpreting, from my old Catholic formation, that the prince had died and "going to his planet" was like going to heaven.

Every time I read it, a different part of it came out and sent me a special message.

Wonderful review, thank you for sharing it.


message 35: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Thanks, Laura! Recently I've been re-reading quite a few books from my childhood, and it's always interesting remembering my initial impressions and all the things I misunderstood back then, and now seeing all the things in them I haven't found before.


message 36: by Bejoy (new)

Bejoy George your review is amazing :D


message 37: by Mason (new)

Mason Marcobello Love


message 38: by Aainaa Sofiyah (new)

Aainaa Sofiyah Your review had me in tears. Beautiful review for a beautiful book.


message 39: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Aainaa Sofiyah wrote: "Your review had me in tears. Beautiful review for a beautiful book."

Thanks!


Laurie –A Court of Books– Nothing to add. You've chosen the perfect words, and they touched me deeply.


message 41: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Laurie wrote: "Nothing to add. You've chosen the perfect words, and they touched me deeply."

Thanks, Laurie.


message 42: by Priyanka (new)

Priyanka Thanks for making me spill a drop of saline water ...


message 43: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Priyanka wrote: "Thanks for making me spill a drop of saline water ..."

You are welcome.


message 44: by Anthony (new)

Anthony It takes a child ( me being one of them) to understand that the prince really did go back to his planet. He was a fantastical figure. He was not human. His asteroid does not exist for us. He did transcend back to his planet, from his human shell back to his immortal self.


message 45: by Lucía (new)

Lucía So true: "This is not a book for children. It's for adults who remember being children and feel nostalgia for the simple comfort of childhood innocence but know they can never go back to it. Because they have met their Roses, and Foxes, and drank from a well with a rusty handle in the desert, and learned that a few thorns may not stand against the claws of a tiger."

I adore your review Nataliya


message 46: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Thanks, Lucia!

Anthony wrote: "It takes a child ( me being one of them) to understand that the prince really did go back to his planet. He was a fantastical figure. He was not human. His asteroid does not exist for us. He did tr..."

Sometimes I wish I could go back to being that child who sees 'The Luttle Prince' this way...


message 47: by Lucía (new)

Lucía Me too: the innocence, the imagination, ... no dread, no money issues, no cynicism, no love issues or compromise issues, ...

The perfect world


message 48: by Lucía (new)

Lucía Because "one sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes"

When we grow up we forget the really important, because we need to survive and we are surrounded by the capitalism culture, the money culture,...

P.S. -- I'm spanish, please correct my english if it's wrong, I'd like to learn ;)


message 49: by Lynne (new)

Lynne King The only word I can use Nataliya is "beautiful".


message 50: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Lynne wrote: "The only word I can use Nataliya is "beautiful"."

Thanks, Lynne!


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